Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City

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Verso Books, 2013 - ART - 273 pages
"It is assumed that the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us - the cities we live in - that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city's edge, to explore its forgotten tunnels and scale high above the metropolis upon unfinished skyscrapers? Explore Everything reclaims the city, recasting it as a place for endless adventures. Plotting expeditions from London, Paris, Berlin, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Bradley L. Garrett has evaded urban security in order to experience the city in ways beyond the conventional boundaries of everyday life. He calls it 'place hacking': the recoding of closed, secret, hidden and forgotten urban spaces into realms of opportunity. Explore Everything is an account of his escapades with the London Consolidation Crew, an urban exploration collective, as well as an urbanist manifesto on rights to the city that inspires new ways of belonging in and understanding the metropolis. It is a passionate declaration to "explore everything," combining philosophy, politics and adventure"--
 

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Jumping precipitously between pretentiousness, genuine insight and exhilarating tales of infiltration and evasion, this book offers a comprehensive insight into the Urban Exploration scene. Packed ... Read full review

Contents

The UE Scene
1
The Ruins of History
25
Capturing Transition
45
The Rise of an Infiltration Crew
67
Grails of the Underground
107
Hacking the New World
177
Crowds and Cuffs
219
Epilogue
235
Endnotes
249
Glossary
267
Index
271
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Bradley L Garrett is a writer, photographer and researcher in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. After studying anthropology at the University of California, Riverside and working in Australia, Mexico and Hawaii as an archaeologist, Brad became an urban explorer, photographing off-limits urban spaces in the UK, Europe and America. His exploits have been featured in GQ Magazine, the Guardian, the Red Bulletin, and on TV and radio around the world.

Details of his recent research and media projects and a list of current publications can be found at www.bradleygarrett.com.

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